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“An average tourist restaurant” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Moby Dick Restaurant

Moby Dick Restaurant
220 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3571
805-965-0549
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Ranked #218 of 450 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dallas, Texas
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145 reviews 145 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“An average tourist restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Had just an ok meal at this place. Our waiter hadn't been serving very long obviously and had a lot to learn. His rough edges helped to turn us off with the place. Food was average and not worth going back. Fish was overcooked. Kinda expected what we got, but hoping for better!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Bait and Switch (literally) - do not get tricked here!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

These guys play tricks with the pricing and the service is very slow. Their menu showed meals for different seafood with chowder or salad, potato or rice etc. to accompany them. Maine Lobster in that section was marked 'Market Price'. I asked how much that was and they said $39.95, which was also displayed outside the restaurant. I tried to order two of these with the chowder, potato etc. They then suddenly informed me that the chowder, potato etc was $10 'extra', even though the menu said it was included....(go figure).

In other words the lobster as shown on the menu was really priced at $49.95, even though they told me it was $39.95. When I tried to rectify this with the manager he simply said I should leave. Since I had family there and did not want to be embarrassed we stayed and I ended up paying the $49.95 twice!

I guess somehow this is illegal but the manager seemed to be fine doing it. I guess he knows it's tourists most of whom do not come back...

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“dont waste your time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

if your australian dont bother deep fried and over cooked, left our meal, as it was greasy, this place has an ubundance of fresh seafood, and they killed it....

Visited September 2013
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“Ate at moby dicks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Had king crab legs and sirloin. Steak was not a good piece at all! I didn't eat it. No taste, and flat. But king crab legs were really fresh and yummy! Would recommend

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice shrimp and lobster tacos, seafood pasta”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

I had the tacos for lunch, the husband had chowder followed by seafood pasta that was rich and was big / rich enough that he did not finish. My tacos were good, the staff pretty attentive, only complaint that they took a long time to bring out water. Drinks average price, but the view is stunning.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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